Houston Cinema Arts Festival Premieres New Documentary

Houston Cinema Arts Festival Premieres New Documentary About The History Of Houston Ballet

At The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston

Free Screenings on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (World Premiere) and Monday, Nov. 11 at Sundance Cinemas


The Rite of Spring - HB Nozomi Iijima and Joseph Walsh - Amitava

The Rite of Spring – HB Nozomi Iijima and Joseph Walsh – Amitava


HOUSTON — On Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the 2013 Houston Cinema Arts Festival will present the world premiere of a new documentary on the rich five-decade history of Houston Ballet – Houston Ballet: Breaking Boundaries – at 4:00 p.m.  An encore screening of the film will be held at Sundance Cinemas on Monday, Nov. 11 at 6:45 p.m.  Both screenings are free and open to the public.  No advance tickets will be issued.  Attendees should arrive at the venue 30 minutes prior to the screening for the best chance of being seated.

The 85-minute documentary chronicles the key themes of Houston Ballet’s history: the early impact of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1930s and 1940s in inculcating a love of dance among Houstonians, the determination and perseverance of a handful of Houston’s founding families during the 1960s and 1970s, the making of legendary ballet stars through color-blind casting in the 1980s and 1990s, diplomatic struggles and international incidents, and exposure to the world’s best artistic talent.

The documentary will capture the voices of many key players who helped propel Houston Ballet to its current international stature. The film will trace the directorships of each of Houston Ballet’s five artistic directors since the company’s founding in 1955, featuring photos and historical footage of the company’s performances from the 1970s onward, in addition to footage that evokes the company’s vibrant present. It also will feature interviews with the four living artistic directors of Houston Ballet, dancers from the 1970s to the present, and board leaders and dance critics who have closely followed the company’s development.

Among the noted Houstonians featured in the film will be Jesse H. Jones II, Isaac and Tony Arnold, Lucia Brandt and Eugene Loveland; along with internationally renowned choreographers Debbie Allen, Ben Stevenson, Christopher Bruce and Trey McIntyre; and star dancers Carlos Acosta, Li Cunxin and Janie Parker.

The director of the documentary is John Carrithers of Carrithers Studio, a Houston-based filmmaker who served as Director of Photography on several recent feature documentary projects including: Mothers At War, a film about women combat veterans, 38 Pieces, a documentary about the Byzantine Frescoes rescued by Dominique de Menil, directed by Susan and Francois de Menil, and Relocation Arkansas, a chronicle of Japanese Americans growing up in an internment camp in Arkansas during WWII. Carrithers has also created numerous works for Houston Grand Opera, Asia Society Texas and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, among others.



Houston Cinema Arts Society is a non-profit organization created in 2008 with the support of former Houston Mayor Bill White and the leadership of Franci Crane. HCAS organizes and hosts the annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival, a groundbreaking and innovative arts festival featuring films and new media by and about artists in the visual, performing and literary arts. The festival celebrates the vitality and diversity of the arts in Houston and enriches the city’s film and arts community. HCAS sponsors include the Crane Foundation, a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Levantine Entertainment, Houston First Corporation, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Champion Energy Services, Amegy Bank of Texas, The Brown Foundation, Inc. and others. The project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The fifth annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival will be held Nov. 6-10, 2013.

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